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Learn mathematics with Smartick. Exercises, tutorials, problems and teaching resources for children learning elementary mathematics. Here you will find posts about mathematics to make learning easier and more fun.

Mar02

Why Are Examples Important When Teaching Mathematics?

Why Are Examples Important When Teaching Mathematics?

In this post, we are going to continue analyzing the book How I Wish I’d Taught Maths by Craig Barton about evidence-based education. Today we are going to highlight the role that examples play in teaching mathematics and how to use them instead of mere definitions and instrumental rules. Examples vs. Definitions It is clear […]

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Feb20

Math Can Explain Why 2020 Is a Leap Year

Math Can Explain Why 2020 Is a Leap Year

At Smartick we know that math is behind almost everything, and a leap year is no different. The reasons related to the Julian calendar and subsequent change of the Gregorian calendar are well known. However, the mathematical reasons that determine whether or not a year is a leap year are lesser-known. So, in order to […]

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Feb17

Working with Venn Diagrams in Smartick

Working with Venn Diagrams in Smartick

In earlier posts, we have learned about set theory and Venn diagrams. Today, we are going to look at some examples of classification using Venn diagrams in Smartick. Attributes The method that we use to understand whether or not the elements that we want to classify meet some characteristics are what we call attributes. The […]

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Feb10

The Five Stages of Deliberate Practice

The Five Stages of Deliberate Practice

In this post, we continue with our analysis of Craig Barton’s book, How I Wish I’d Taught Maths about evidence-based education. Today we will discuss the chapter about deliberate practice and the five stages that should be followed in order to teach a complex process. When we introduce a complex process, it is necessary to […]

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Jan27

Worked Examples and Metacognition

Worked Examples and Metacognition

This is the latest post as we continue with our analysis of Craig Barton’s book, How I Wish I’d Taught Maths about evidence-based education. Today we will talk about the chapter that discusses the use of worked examples and their relation to metacognition. Together they are a fundamental element of the learning process. What Are […]

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Jan23

Number Sense: From Quantities to Numbers

Number Sense: From Quantities to Numbers

Number Sense When speaking about mathematics most people think it is the ability to count, add and subtract numbers, or the ability to solve complex math equations. But, what comes before counting and the ability to recognize numbers? Number sense! In other words, the primitive ability to recognize and represent amounts without using numerical symbols […]

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Jan20

How Do We Apply Interleaving in Smartick?

How Do We Apply Interleaving in Smartick?

In an earlier post, we explained the difference between interleaving and blocked practice. Remember that interleaving (mixed practice) basically consists of organizing tasks by mixing different problems and exercises together in order to avoid solving problems in a mechanical way and instead stimulating the child to reflect on the strategy needed to solve each problem. […]

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Jan06

How to Calculate a Perimeter: Part 2

How to Calculate a Perimeter: Part 2

In an earlier post, we learned how to calculate the perimeter of any polygon and formulas for regular polygons and rectangles. Today, we are going to learn how to calculate the perimeter of other types of polygons: rhombuses, isosceles triangles, isosceles trapezoids, and stepped polygons. NOTE TO OUR READERS IN THE U.K. – This post […]

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Dec23

Learning Math in the Early Years

Learning Math in the Early Years

When thinking about math in the early years, math for little ones, we contemplate counting, first numbers, and acquiring numerical sequence. And indeed, it is at this stage where we begin to develop the ability to count. But these are not the only math topics that children can learn in the early years. There is […]

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Dec09

Modeling Problems With Cubes

Modeling Problems With Cubes

At Smartick we are committed to incorporating manipulative materials into our learning method. Although virtual environments have some natural limitations when it comes to ”manipulating” the materials themselves, we have been able to adapt them to our method to maximize learning for the underlying concepts. You can find more information about the topic in this […]

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Dec02

How to Find the Absolute Value of a Number

How to Find the Absolute Value of a Number

In today’s post, we are going to learn how to calculate the absolute value of a number with help from some of the exercises that we have in Smartick. The absolute value of a whole number coincides with its numerical value without having to think about the sign. It is represented with vertical bars around […]

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